Amanda G


Wintston Salem, NC

Injury Level: T12
Injury Date: 2/22/2009



On February 22nd 2009 I was injured in a ATV accident. Upon arriving to the hospital, the doctors told me that I had broken my back (a T-12 vertebrae burst fracture) and a broken wrist.  At that time I still had movement and feeling in my legs.  I had to undergo a six hour surgery to repair my spine and decompress the spinal cord.  Due to the compression I lost both feeling and movement in my legs, and I am now paralyzed from the waist down.

I spent eleven days in ICU, at Forsyth Hospital in Winston Salem, NC.  I was then transferred to the Shepherd Center, in Atlanta, GA.  I received physical and occupational therapy for two and a half months.  I then returned home to do outpatient physical therapy; however they soon ran out of things for me to accomplish.  The conventional therapy taught me how to live life in a wheelchair.  

I want to achieve more than that… I want to be able to walk again.  I would love to be able not only to walk, but also to run again as well! And that is exactly what exercise based therapy is doing for me. Not only is it helping me physically, but mentally as well.  I have realized that my goal is going to be hard to achieve and the road to recovery is going to be tough.  But I continue to hope and pray for a full recovery.  I believe that…  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:3

Sponsor Amanda:  If you would like to support Amanda in her quest, please go to the donation page to make a contribution.  Make sure to include note with your donation "for Amanda G."


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